What to do with this activity?
Children often like to collect things at this age. It could be anything from seashells, to football cards, to miniature dolls, to polished stones.
It's a way for your child to create their own world which they can share with like-minded friends. It's often an easy way to socialize, and might increase confidence to become an expert in their chosen area.
Let them tell you about their collection - especially if it's something you know nothing about. Ask them what they like about the items, and which one is most special to them.
If your child gets pocket money, encourage them to save up for items for their collection.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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